Q&A With Hull City

  • August 31, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to Hull City on Saturday afternoon and we have got the views of a Tigers fan ahead of the game at the KC Stadium.

The match will be the first time the two sides have met since December 2009, when the two sides played out a 2-2 draw at the Reebok Stadium in what proved to be Gary Megson's final game in charge of the Wanderers.

Both sides have since dropped out of the Premier League and ahead of their first meeting three years, we have spoken to Manuel from Not606 to get his views on Steve Bruce, Phil Brown and the promotion chances of both clubs.

Q: Last season's 8th placed finish was Hull's best since returning the Championship in 2010. Having spent two years in the Premier League prior to that, what has stopped the club mounting a promotion challenge since?

A: The club's financial problems were well documented after our relegation from the top flight and it was always going to take time for the club to get back on its feet again. There was even a worry we could have dropped back down the leagues.

Nigel Pearson helped to stabalise the club after relegation and, although the football we've played hasn't been pleasing on the eye, we've hardly been in the bottom half of the league since the start of 2011.

Fans were disappointed to miss out on the top six last season and a lack of goals has hindered our progress, but considering how bleak things looked two years ago, I'm happy to see us being able to challenge at the upper end of the Championship.

Q: From the outside looking in, Steve Bruce was a surprise managerial appointment over the summer. How did the fans feel at the time and have opinions changed since the season began?

A: Nick Barmby's sacking was a shock at first but once the dust began to settle, debate was rife amongst City fans on Barmby's and the Allam's actions in the whole affair.

Steve Bruce was a suprise appointment, beyond some of our expectations, but his arrival seemed to excite many fans and bring confidence ahead of the new season.

There have been a couple of knee jerk reactions after a League Cup defeat, but I'd say the majority are still happy with Bruce.

Q: Phil Brown is a name synonymous with Bolton Wanderers' past. He took Hull into the Premier League, but left the club under a bit of a cloud prior to their relegation. What is the fans' opinion on the job he did at the KC Stadium?

A: Despite what happened in the last 12 months of his time here, the majority of fans hold Brown in very high regard.

He brought top flight football to the club, something no one had done previously, and gave us memories such as wins at Wembley, Arsenal, Spurs and Newcastle, as well as drawing at Liverpool and giving United a scare at Old Trafford.

Things weren't always perfect, post December 2008, but Brown achieved a heck of a lot here.

Q: The transfer deadline is fast approaching. What business have you done so far and are you confident of securing more signings before the window shuts?

A: We've added the likes of Sone Aluko from Rangers, Abdoulaye Faye from West Ham, Ben Amos on loan from Man United and spent £2.6 million on a German striker still finding his feet, but who will hopefully come good.

Ahmed Elmohamady has come on loan from Sunderland and we'll probably look to add to the midfield and maybe another striker.

Q: Which player(s) do you think Bolton will have to be cautious about when they visit the KC on Saturday afternoon?

A: Jay Simpson has been in great form this season. Robert Koren and Aluko should also be threatening, while James Chester will be a good test for the likes of Kevin Davies.

Q: Which Bolton player(s) do you think will cause the biggest threat to your chances of victory?

A: Kevin Davies, Chris Eagles and Martin Petrov.

Q: Bolton have been tipped as potential title candidates this season, but have struggled thus far. Where do you think the Wanderers will finish?

A: I'd expect Bolton to be in one of the top four places come the end of the season.

Q: What do you think the final score will be when the two sides meet on Saturday?

A: Close game but I think it will be a 2-1 win for Hull.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Manuel for sharing his views ahead of Saturday's game at the KC Stadium.

You can read more answers from the Tigers fans by checking out our Q&A thread at Not606.

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